Marrone Bio Innovations launches new bioinsecticide

Marrone Bio Innovations, a Davis company that specializes in bio-based pest management and plant health products, announces the launch of Venerate, a broad-spectrum bioinsecticide.

Venerate is a new tool to help growers control crop-damaging insect pests, fight the development of insect resistance and reduce pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables. The product is active against a wide array of chewing and sucking insects and mites, and features novel modes of action that stem from a diverse set of chemical compounds extracted from a newly discovered bacterium, a news release said.

“Today’s growers are faced with ever-increasing regulatory restrictions and an evolving problem of insects developing resistance to chemical pesticides with a single mode of action,” said Jim Lappin, MBI’s vice president of product management.

“Growers who traditionally employ those types of insecticides for crop protection can now leverage Venerate — which has multiple modes of action and a very low potential for insect resistance — to help them extend the useful life of chemical pesticides that have high resistance potential.”

Alan Schreiber, an independent researcher with Agriculture Development Group Inc. in Washington state, has conducted field trials with Venerate against numerous pests in a variety of crops. He is enthusiastic about its ability to prevent resistance in crop-damaging pests such as green peach aphids and potato psyllids in his clients’ fields.

Venerate joins Regalia biofungicide and Grandevo bioinsecticide in the lineup of MBI crop protection products and is the first biopesticide that has been developed from the company’s in-house discovery screen process.

Special to The Enterprise

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